Motorists who fail to pay three parking tickets to have cars towed away

Discussion in 'Driving/Incidents/Roadrage' started by Dragon, Jul 21, 2008.

  1. Dragon

    Dragon Banned

    Apr 4, 2008
  2. nick mercedes

    nick mercedes MB Club Veteran

    Jan 8, 2003
    far far away
    Ford Expedition
  3. robert.saunders

    robert.saunders Hardcore MB Enthusiast

    Oct 11, 2004
    South Lincs / Hampshire
    W210 E300TD
    It relates to a status achieved called "Persistent Evader". A vehicle must have 3 or more outstanding PCNs against it, after all recovery options have been met. That includes going through the bailiffs where their Warrants run for 12 months for each PCN.

    This is not something that can be done instantly just because 3 or more PCN have been issued against a vehicle.

    It's buried within the Traffic Management Act 2004 and in reality isn't that new on balance.

    Quote from Operational Guidance
    to Local Authorities:
    Parking Policy and Enforcement
    Traffic Management Act 2004:

    Persistent evaders

    8.105 Some vehicle owners contravene parking regulations deliberately
    and often, and fail to settle the debts they incur. A vehicle owner
    can be classed as a ‘persistent evader’ if there are three or more
    recorded contraventions for the vehicle and the PCNs for these
    have not been paid, represented against or appealed against within
    the statutory time limits, or their representations and appeals
    have been rejected but they have still not paid. Usually this is
    because the vehicle keeper is not registered, or is not correctly
    registered, on the DVLA database and the owner is confident that
    they can avoid paying any penalty charges. An authority should not treat
    a vehicle owner as a persistent evader unless bailiffs have failed to recoup
    the outstanding and unchallenged penalty charges. Where a vehicle appears
    to be registered in the UK, but the identity and address is not registered,
    or is not correctly registered on the DVLA database,
    authorities should consider making the information available to the
    police who can, if appropriate, investigate any criminal offence.

    8.106 When parked in contravention, a persistent evader’s vehicle should
    be subject to the strongest possible enforcement following the issue
    of the PCN and confirmation of persistent evader status. This is
    likely to involve immobilisation or removal. The benefit of removal
    is that it requires proof of ownership and a registered address
    before release of the vehicle, whereas immobilisation prevents law
    abiding motorists from using valuable kerb space. If a vehicle of
    a persistent evader is in a designated parking place, the Traffic
    Management Act 2004 and regulations made under it prohibit an
    enforcement authority from immobilisation or removing the vehicle
    until at least 15 minutes81 have elapsed following the issue of a
    PCN. Currently, under TMA regulations an authority can only obtain
    payment for the PCN of the contravention for which the vehicle
    is immobilised or removed and not any other outstanding PCNs.

    8.107 London Councils has set up a persistent evader database and all English
    authorities may use it. Alternatively, authorities may wish to maintain a
    database themselves, or in conjunction with neighbouring authorities.
  4. jeremytaylor

    jeremytaylor Hardcore MB Enthusiast

    Jun 27, 2005
    Surrey Hills
    E280CDI Sport Est., CLK 200k Cab., VW T5 174, Citroen C8, and a 2CV!
    Journalists, eh? Don't ya just luv 'em?
  5. OP

    Dragon Banned

    Apr 4, 2008
    It his job don't you know what it is. There are plenty of clues here and a picture of him too and where he works.
  6. Carrotchomper

    Carrotchomper Hardcore MB Enthusiast

    May 19, 2006
    Audi A8 4.2 Quattro
    I think Jeremy was meaning that the media frequently trumpets and misquotes changes in legislation that have been around for ages... :)

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